Pictured: BID Board Members: Clare Turner, Paul Mason, Loraine Jones, Katherine Wheatley, Nicola Clayton, Pele Mathauda

Blackburn’s Business Improvement District (BID) were recognised for their achievements in the town centre at The Blackburn with Darwen Hive Awards held at King George’s Hall last week.

The awards, which are in their fourth year, saw a host of businesses from across the borough being recognised for their outstanding work as well as inspirational individuals.

Ian Brown, Chairman of the Hive Awards, told the audience that the BID was being recognised at the awards for their work in regaining ‘Blackburn’s sense of prominence and place’ through events and initiatives such as The Blackburn Heritage Festival, Countryside Comes to Town, and last year’s Fire Garden in Cathedral Gardens. He also highlighted the BID’s contribution to the many prestigious awards that Blackburn has won in their first five-year term, such as The Great British High Street Overall Winner and a National RHS Britain in Bloom Gold Award.

Ian said: “The Chairman’s Award is an opportunity to acknowledge something that is special and does not fit into the main categories.

“I am delighted that the winner represents the public and private sector working together towards a shared goal of regaining Blackburn’s sense of prominence and place.

“Add to this, the new business attracted by developments such as the Cathedral Quarter and the college campus; and their (The BID’s) turnaround of the town’s centre is impressive.”

Nicola Clayton, chair of the Blackburn BID, said: “We are thrilled to have been presented the Chairman’s Award at this year’s Hive Awards. The BID has made massive strides for Blackburn Town Centre across a range of initiatives since we began in 2014. From our stand-out events and marketing right through to our support to make the town more safe and secure through investment in personnel and additional CCTV. We will continue to work hard for our members to make Blackburn a better place for shoppers, visitors, workers and residents.

“This year is an important one for the BID, as we ask businesses to approve a new five-year term starting from 2019. Working in partnership, we have been seen what can be achieved in a relatively short space of time and are excited about the potential of five more years of progress.”

Councillor Phil Riley, Blackburn with Darwen Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration, said: “The Council are delighted to be part of the BID that has done so much to help with the regeneration of Blackburn town centre. The BID brings together the expertise and enthusiasm of a lots of town centre businesses and that concept of everyone pulling together in the same direction has been vital in building the transformation of the town.”

A full list of winners can be found here:  https://awards.business-hive.co.uk/2018-winners

Blackburn’s Business Improvement District will reach the end of its first five-year term at the end 2018 and seek re-election through the ballot box this autumn. To find out more about the work of Blackburn BID, visit the website blackburnbid.co.uk or email info@blackburnbid.co.uk

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